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Blixt Wallet

Latest release: Varies with device ( 17th May 2022 ) 🔍 Last analysed 7th February 2022 . Not reproducible from source provided
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The Analysis 

Update 2022-02-07: This wallet recently reached 1000 downloads on Play Store, so now it’s time to see if it reproducible … See “Code and Reproducibility” below …

So we got a support request from somebody who put money into this lightning wallet and the channel instantly closed but days later he didn’t have his money back. Communications with the provider were not helpful neither.

The force-close transaction had a timelock as is normal in lightning - only weird thing was the timelock allows to spend after … 1987.

A lightning network force close is when one of the parties in a channel publishes a channel state without crafting a closing transaction with the counter party first. As this might happen in bad faith, the counter party is then supposed to have time to publish a punishment transaction, so this timelock should lay in the future, not some past at which there wasn’t any bitcoin yet. In summary, this transaction looks like a poorly implemented LN wallet. The transaction also had five outputs which is indicative of affecting more than two parties like in a custodial wallet?

On the Play Store description they claim (full description):

Blixt Wallet is a non-custodial open-source Bitcoin Lightning Wallet for Android with focus on usability and user experience, powered by lnd and Neutrino SPV.

The app is also available for iPhone only via testflight though.

Blixt Wallet’s main developer is Hampus Sjöberg who is well connected in Bitcoin Twitter.

According to the website:

Blixt Wallet is built as an MIT-licensed open-source project.

So next we would have to see if this app is reproducible. We will look into that once the app gained some more traction.

Code and Reproducibility

This app’s code is public and MIT licensed. Their Build Steps for Android are:

To start the application:

  • Run: yarn start-metro
  • Run: yarn android:mainnet-debug or yarn android:testnet-debug

There is two problems with this.

  1. There is no instructions to actually build the release file. Only instructions to start the debug version.
  2. We need an lnd binary. So while that can be built from source, there is no pinning of the right version to build. Also the compilation of lnd requires editing “line 47 of mobile/gen_bindings.sh”?

We could maybe guess our way around these issues but this should really be better documented for smooth build reproduction.

Emanuel already tried to reproduce this app and his issue is still open. So while this app can be compiled from source, the compilation result differs from what he got from Google play. This app is currently not verifiable.

(lw)

Verdict Explained

We could not verify that the provided code matches the binary!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Is the published binary matching the published source code? If not, we tag it Unreproducible!

Published code doesn’t help much if it is not what the published binary was built from. That is why we try to reproduce the binary. We

  1. obtain the binary from the provider
  2. compile the published source code using the published build instructions into a binary
  3. compare the two binaries
  4. we might spend some time working around issues that are easy to work around

If this fails, we might search if other revisions match or if we can deduct the source of the mismatch but generally consider it on the provider to provide the correct source code and build instructions to reproduce the build, so we usually open a ticket in their code repository.

In any case, the result is a discrepancy between the binary we can create and the binary we can find for download and any discrepancy might leak your backup to the server on purpose or by accident.

As we cannot verify that the source provided is the source the binary was compiled from, this category is only slightly better than closed source but for now we have hope projects come around and fix verifiability issues.

The product cannot be independently verified. If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, you will probably not know about the issue before people start losing money. If the provider is more criminally inclined he might have collected all the backups of all the wallets, ready to be emptied at the press of a button. The product might have a formidable track record but out of distress or change in management turns out to be evil from some point on, with nobody outside ever knowing before it is too late.